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Cool Pool Training

May 15, 2014, 5:08 PM by Sammi Bjelland

Cool Pool Training

It may not feel like it today, but pool season is just one week away.

Pool training was supposed to begin at Wild Water West this weekend. But with temps in the 40's and 50's this week, lifeguards won't be training outside just yet.

"We're fortunate enough that we rent out a facility in Sioux Falls for the lifeguards who can train indoors. So thankfully we have a heated pool that we get to train in and we can wait and bring the guards out closer to opening day to train on site," Marketing and Aquatics Manager for Wild Water West, Emily McNamara said.

Even though they'll receive crucial training inside the Sanford Wellness Center this weekend, it doesn't compare to the experience they'll gain while training at the aquatics center next week.

"It's really important for them to know our emergency action plans. Whether they're at the wave pool or lazy river, they know what to do in an emergency situation. It's better to be on site. Plus, you never know how to jump into waves to a rescue unless you're actually in the wave pool," McNamara said.

It's not just the lifeguards who need special training. Ticket sales will see some big changes too.

"We are restructuring our entrance points. So our season pass entrance, as well as our ticket lines, we're trying to figure out the best way to get people in faster and in the gates faster," McNamara said. 

Even though the weather is disrupting training a little right now, the pool staff should be ready to keep you safe on opening day.

"Mother Nature plays a huge part in our business so you just kind of got to take it day by day. So next week's forecast is supposed to be looking in the 70's. So if the high for that day is in the 70's, we plan on opening," McNamara said.

If the weather doesn't cooperate, Wild Water West will not open until it warms up.

Opening day is set for Friday, May 23.

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